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Tuesday Scores - Wednesday Line Up


Singles First Round
[5] Feliciano Lopez (Spain) d [Q] Robby Ginepri (USA) 75 62
[7] Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) d [Q] Peter Polansky (Canada) 64 36 64

Michael Russell (USA) d Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 63 76(2)
Benjamin Becker (Germany) d [Q] Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Spain) 61 16 63
Donald Young (USA) d [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) 60 61
[WC] Steve Johnson (USA) d Denis Kudla (USA) 63 76(4)

Singles First Round
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Donald Young (USA) 63 64
Matthew Ebden (Australia) / Sam Groth (Australia) d Ken Skupski (Great Britain) / Neal Skupski (Great Britain) 64 76(2)


CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[6] Juan Monaco (Argentina) vs Somdev Devvarman (India)
Sam Querrey (USA) vs [7] Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
Jonathan Erlich (Israel) / Michal Mertinak (Slovak Republic) vs [2] David Marrero (Spain) / Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Matthew Ebden (Australia) / Samuel Groth (Australia)
[1] John Isner (USA) vs Dustin Brown (Germany)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) vs Matthew Ebden (Australia)
[3] Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) / Scott Lipsky (USA) vs Purav Raja (India) / Divij Sharan (India)
[Alt] Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands) / Melle Van Gemerden (Netherlands) vs Austin Krajicek (USA) / Michael Venus (New Zealand)
After Suitable Rest - Benjamin Becker (Germany) / Rameez Junaid (Australia) vs [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
Chris Guccione (Australia) / L Hewitt (Australia) vs Marin Draganja (Croatia) / Gero Kretschmer (GER)

COURT 7 start 3:00 pm
Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) / Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) vs [4] Mate Pavic (CRO) / John-Patrick Smith (AUS)

So Much More than Tennis

Plenty of off-court events are planned during the 2013 US Men's Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club April 8-14. While four members of the Top 20 of the ATP World Tour Rankings will headline the action on-court, events ranging from a Wound Warrior exhibition to fashion shows will be among the highlights away from the courts.

Here's a look at the event schedule for the week:

Monday, April 8
Junior Night - Youth tennis will be celebrated on Junior Night, which will include a Q&A session with an ATP World Tour player for the participating kids before the night session of matches begins.

Tuesday, April 9
HLTA Ladies Day - The Houston Ladies Tennis Association will host a special clinic and Q&A with Wayne Bryan and ATP World Tour players at 10:30 a.m. The special ticket price includes both the clinic and a ticket to the day session.

Tuesday and Thursday, April 9 and 11
Corona Q&A - An ATP World Tour player will visit the Corona Beach House during happy hour for a Q&A session with fans.

Wednesday, April 10
Armed Forces Appreciation Night - Several events will take place to honor members of the military, including a special Wounded Warrior tennis exhibition before the night session begins. A military color guard will also help open the night session.

Wednesday-Thursday, April 10-11
Tootsies Fashion Show SOLD OUT - A fabulous brunch is served while fashions and accessories from Tootsies are showcased on the runways over the pool at River Oaks Country Club. This popular event once again sold out in just minutes for 2013.

Friday, April 12
USTA Member Appreciation Day - USTA members will receive a gift with proof of their membership from USTA Texas. There will also be a reception held for USTA members before the start of the day session on Friday.

On Court
Opening rounds of the qualifying tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, and these matches are FREE to the public. Several main draw players will also be practicing at the courts over these days, so it's a great chance for fans to see a lot of tennis action! Monday-Friday, day sessions will begin at Noon, and night sessions will start at 6 p.m. On Saturday, April 13, the singles semifinals will be played back-to-back beginning at 1 p.m., and the doubles final will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday's singles final will begin at 2 p.m.

The main draw for the tournament will be made late in the afternoon on Friday, April 5. The projected top four seeds, who will all have first round byes, are projected to be No. 12 Nicolas Almagro, No. 14 and defending champion Juan Monaco, No. 18 Tommy Haas and No. 20 and the top-ranked American Sam Querrey. Other players in the main draw who will play Monday or Tuesday include two-time Grand Slam champion from Australia Lleyton Hewitt, Spain's Fernando Verdasco, France's Nicolas Almagro, and AmericansJohn IsnerJames BlakeRyan Harrison and Houston resident Michael Russell.

In addition to these singles players, four-time doubles champion the Bryan Brothers will return to River Oaks. The twin brothers Bob and Mike are the World No. 1 doubles team. They own the record for Grand Slam titles with 13 together as well as total career titles together with 86. 

Information on these special events and tickets can be found at www.mensclaycourt.com or by calling 713-874-6294. Several sessions are very close to selling out, however the Ticket Turnback program will return for fans to donate tickets for sessions they cannot attend to the box office so they can be resold with the purchase price being donated to charity. A new beneficiary for the Ticket Turnback program will be announced before the tournament.

Thursday Results/Friday Order of Play

ALERT - Friday's day session will now start at 1 pm instead of the previously announced noon.

Below is Friday's Order of Play and partial results from Thursday:

Stadium Court start 1:00 pm

[4][WC] Juan Monaco (ARG) vs
[5][WC] Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
[Q] Michael Russell (USA) vs Ryan Harrison (USA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[Q] Horacio Zeballos (ARG) OR [2] John Isner (USA) vs Ryan Sweeting (USA)
[3][WC] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs [6] Carlos Berlocq (ARG)

Court 3 start 4:30 pm
James Blake (USA) & Sam Querrey (USA) vs
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) & Frank Moser (GER)
Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) & Dominic Inglot (GBR) OR [2] Mark Knowles (BAH) & Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs Bobby Reynolds (USA) & Michael Russell (USA) OR [4] Johan Brunstrom (SWE) & Dick Norman (BEL)

[Q] Michael Russell (USA) d [1] Mardy Fish (USA) 63 61
[2] John Isner (USA) vs [Q] Horacio Zeballos (ARG) - IN PROGRESS
[4][WC] Juan Monaco (ARG) d Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 63 63
[WC][5] Kevin Anderson (RSA) d Sam Querrey (USA) 63(3) 36 76(2)

Ryan Harrison (USA) d Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 62 64
Ryan Sweeting (USA) d Bobby Reynolds (USA) 63 62

James Blake (USA) & Sam Querrey (USA) d [1] Alex Bogomolov (RUS) & Scott Lipsky (USA) 63 63
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) & Frank Moser (GER) d [3] Michael Kohlmann & Alexander Waske (GER) 75 75

ONLY LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN for the 2012 US Men’s Clay Court Championship. Information on tickets can be found at www.mensclaycourt.com or by calling 713-527-0345. Once again, the US Men’s Clay Court Championship will provide the Texas Children’s Ticket Turnback program. Any fans holding tickets for a session that they cannot use are invited to return those tickets to the box office where they will be sold for face value and the entire resale price will be donated to Texas Children’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Institute.


USMCCC Prelim Player Field

Gentlemen, find your Seersucker and Ladies, grab your hats because it's almost TENNIS time in Houston!

Defending champion Juan Ignacio Chela is among the ATP World Tour players who are on the initial entry list for the 2011 US Men's Clay Court Championship, joining the previously announced American contingent of James Blake, Mardy Fish, John Isner and Sam Querrey, who all committed early to the tournament.

Twelve countries are represented among the first 20 players to be announced for the 28-player field at the 2011 US Men’s Clay Court Championship which will be played April 4-10 at River Oaks Country Club.

There are six Americans entered into the event. In addition to the four that were previously announced, Robert Kendrick and Houston resident Michael Russell will also be joining the field following their rankings rises after reaching the Memphis quarterfinals last week.

Chela, from Argentina, will be looking to be the first player to repeat as champion since Andy Roddick in 2001 and 2002, the event's first two years in Houston. In 2010, Chela defeated Querrey in the final. In addition to 2010 finalists Chela and Querrey, the field includes 2006 champion Fish and 2008 runner-up Blake.

The initial entry list includes six players who are in the Top 50 of the February 21 ATP World Tour Rankings - Fish (16), Querrey (22), Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (23), Chela (31), Isner (32) and Kevin Anderson (40). The last player accepted to the main draw at this initial entry deadline is Russell, who is No. 90 this week.

Below is the initial entry list of 20 players for the 2011 US Men's Clay Court Championship. Two more wild cards will be announced. In addition, four players will advance through qualifying. Two more players will be added based either on results in Miami the week prior to the River Oaks tournament or off the alternate list.

Kevin Anderson (RSA) Igor Andreev (RUS) Benjamin Becker (GER)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) James Blake* (USA) Juan Iganacio Chela (ARG)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) Brian Dabul (ARG) Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Grigor Dmitrov (BUL) Mardy Fish (USA) Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) John Isner (USA) Denis Istomin (UZB)
Robert Kendrick (USA) Ricardo Mello (BRA) Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Sam Querrey (USA)   Michael Russell (USA)

 *Blake is the first of three wild card recipients

“We have a very good field lined up for the US Men’s Clay Court Championship this year,” said tournament director Van Barry. “We look forward to welcoming this international group of players to River Oaks and anticipate a very competitive tournament in April.”



Three-time doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, who claimed their 10th career major title by winning the Australian Open last month, will headline the doubles field for the US Men's Clay Court Championship. The full field for that event will be announced closer to the tournament.
Individual and “Champ Pass” tickets for the 2011 US Men’s Clay Court Championship are on sale now. The popular Champ Pass includes a ticket to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions, which are usually sold out before the tournament begins. A limited number of season ticket packages for the 2011 event are still remaining,.

To Purchace Tickets CLICK HERE  or by calling 713-874-6294.

Blake and Isner Join River Oaks Tennis Tourney

The HOT boys of Tennis are lining up to grace H-Town with their fast and furious game! Two more American stars have committed to play the 2011 US Men’s Clay Court Championship April 4-10 at River Oaks Country Club.
James Blake, the 2008 finalist, and John Isner, who shattered every conceivable match record during a marathon first round match at last year’s Wimbledon, have been added to a singles field that already includes 2010 finalist Sam Querrey and 2006 champion Mardy Fish.
These four singles stars will be joined by three-time doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, who claimed their 10th career major title by winning the Australian Open last month.
“It seems appropriate to talk about having an all-American field at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship” said tournament director Van Barry. “These players represent really two generations of American talent on the ATP World Tour. It will be our pleasure to host them along with the rest of our field at River Oaks April 4-10.”
Blake has been ranked as high as No. 4 in his career. He owns 10 career titles, and has reached 14 other finals, including at River Oaks in 2006. The 2008 recipient of the River Oaks Ernest Langston Sportsmanship Trophy along with his brother, Thomas, Blake owns a 16-9 career record in the US Men’s Clay Court Championship. In 2004, he teamed with Fish to claim the doubles title.
Isner will be making his fourth career appearance in Houston. Last year was a breakout season for the 6-foot-9 player who won an NCAA team title at Georgia. He won his maiden ATP title in Auckland while reaching three other finals. But his 2010 will be best remembered for pulling out an epic 70-68 fifth set win over Nicolas Mahut in the Wimbledon first round. Spread over three days, the match totaled 11 hours, five minutes, and featured 113 Isner aces.
Querrey also enjoyed a great 2010, ending the season with a career high ranking of No. 18 after winning a career-best four titles during the season, third-most on the ATP circuit, behind only Rafael Nadal (7) and Roger Federer (5). In April, Querrey reached the final at River Oaks where he lost to Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.
Fish, the 2006 Houston champion, reached four finals in 2010, winning a pair of titles. He ended the year at a career high ranking of No. 16 having posted a career high for match wins with a 40-14 record in 2010. Fish is 9-7 all-time at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in singles, and is a two-time doubles champion, teaming with Andy Roddick to claim the title in 2002 and with Blake to win in 2004.
The Bryans pushed their record haul of career titles to 68 thanks to a win at the Australian Open last month. The title in Melbourne was the 10th major title of their career. The twins from California who are three-time champions at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship finished as the No. 1 team in the World for the sixth time in eight years in 2010.
The full singles acceptance list for the 2011 event will be released in late February.
Individual and “Champ Pass” tickets for the 2011 US Men’s Clay Court Championship are on sale now. The popular Champ Pass includes a ticket to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions, which are usually sold out before the tournament begins. A limited number of season ticket packages for the 2011 event are still remaining. Information on tickets can be found at www.mensclaycourt.com or by calling 713-874-6294.

US Men’s Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club
The 102nd competition for the US Men’s Clay Court Championship will be held April 4-10, 2011, at River Oaks Country Club in Houston. Started by the USTA in 1910, it has been held at numerous venues around the country. The tournament has been held in Houston since 2001, and will be held at River Oaks Country Club for the third straight year. Prior to hosting the US Men’s Clay Court Championship, River Oaks Country Club hosted its own event, The River Oaks International. Started in 1931, the River Oaks International roster of former champions includes Jack Kramer, Tony Trabert, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Ivan Lendl, Guillermo Vilas and James Blake. The 2011 US Men’s Clay Court Championship will be the 77th tournament at River Oaks, with the club hosting a tournament every year since 1946 after a four-year lapse due to the war. More information is available at www.mensclaycourt.com or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mensclaycourt.